IMPHAL, Jan 2 � In a move to install a non-Congress government in the forthcoming Manipur Assembly polls on January 28, five opposition parties in the State have formed a pre-poll alliance called People�s Democratic Front (PDF).
State leaders of Manipur People�s Party (MPP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Janata Dal (United), Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Communist Party of India (Maxist) took the decision in this regard at a meeting at NCP State unit President RB Koijam�s residence with MPP President Dr Nimaichand Luwang as the Convenor of the Front, on Sunday.
MPP President and PDF Convenor Dr Luwang speaking to media in the presence of State unit presidents � M Tombi of JD(U), Prof K Kumarjit of RJD � today said that the ensuing State Assembly polls is very important.
The newly-formed PDF has also announced the fielding of 30 common candidates including 15 MPP and nine NCP candidates in the first phase. Dr Luwang further said that PDF will announce the remaining names of the candidates soon besides the common minimum programme of the Front.
He informed that the BJP is not a member of PDF but it will have an understanding to make some seat adjustments where there is no PDF candidate.
PDF will support CPI candidate in Wangjing-Tentha seat and the same will be extended in Thoubal seat where BJP and Congress will have a straight fight, he added. Chief Minister O Ibobi is contesting from Thoubal.
BJP national spokesperson Prakash Javadekar during his visit here had expressed the party�s willingness to join the pre-poll alliance of the opposition MPP, NCP, JD(U) and RJD.
The party-wise position in the last Assembly polls was : Congress 30, MPP 5, CPI 4, NCP 4, RJD 3, the National People�s Party 3, Trinamool Congress 1 and Independents 10.
Meanwhile, State Chief Electoral Officer PC Lawmkunga briefing the media this evening said that all is set to hold the Assembly polls by deploying 350 companies of security forces, 13,000 polling personnel at 3,486 EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) in 2,357 polling booths across the State. He added that altogether 17,40,820 voters including 8,89,497 females are eligible to excercise their franchise to decide the fate of the contestants.